Monday, April 27, 2015

April 13-19th

I don’t think it was a big week for us.  Will had soccer practice Tuesday night.  We got our team pictures but only 6 kids showed up.  It was super muddy but we still had a good practice. 

The kids had an early release on Wednesday but they just spent the afternoon at home. 

We spent the week begging all our family for pledges because the kids ran in the Boosterthon on Friday the 18th.   The money they raised helps out the science and computer programs at their school.  The kids thought it was super cool every day and were so happy to get pledges.  They were so excited about running the fun run.  Last year the Boosterthon was inside the gym because it was raining outside.  The laps were super short in the gym.  This year they did it outside on the track, which was much, much larger.  One lap around actually equaled 4 laps.  Will ran all 35 of his laps and Lindy (and Drew) ran/walked 20 laps.  The kids thought it was the most fun.  I’m glad it’s over!

The kids and I were on our own for the weekend because Drew went hiking in Asheville with his friends.  I picked the kids up from school and we ate dinner out and went to PetSmart.  Saturday morning Will had a game at 10am but the other team didn’t show up.  All 10 of our kids did show up so they ended up just playing each other.  The other team had the game on their schedule at 11am.  None of our team wanted to wait around for an hour though.  They actually had a good time and it was a good coaching opportunity.  Saturday afternoon I dropped Will off at Katie, Micah, and Claire’s house and I took Lindy to a birthday party for a girl in her class.  I stayed at the party with her because the mom asked me to.  They played a bunch of outdoor games, in most of which she actually did well.  She had fun.  We picked Will up and headed home.  Katie, Micah, and Claire ended up coming over for dinner and to hang out.  The kids had fun playing and Will tells me daily that he wishes he could see them more.  Sunday we played hookie from church and we stayed around the house on a cool, rainy day.  I got a lot of organizing done in all our closets which was really nice.  We waited for Drew to get home and then we listened to his story of getting lost in the wilderness.  We are just glad he made it home.   

The 1st grade (and Drew) getting ready to run!DSC_3796
And he’s off!
There they go!DSC_3802DSC_3813

With some buddies!DSC_3823
Best pics of Aiden I have gotten so far.  DSC_3827
And great of Lindy too!DSC_3830DSC_3832

Monday, April 20, 2015

March for Babies

Seems like I am always catching up on blog posts these days.   The kids got back to normal after spring break, but unfortunately it was the week of my first walk so I had some later nights and Daddy has to hold down the fort during walk season.  We had the first of our five walks on Saturday April 11th and it was the biggest and best – the Winston-Salem March for Babies.

But first – the week leading up to the walk.  Tuesday night we had a pancake supper at church and they generously donated the proceeds to our March for Babies team.  Will and I were supposed to be at soccer practice but it got cancelled because of wet fields.

The kids were looking forward to a field trip to Tanglewood that week.  Lindy was to go on Tuesday and Will on Thursday.  Wouldn’t you know it was supposed to rain all week too.  I dropped Lindy off at school and they were still going – even despite a little drizzle.  Thirty minutes later we got an email saying they ware not going because it had started raining harder.  I was actually okay with that because who wants to send their kid out on an outdoor field trip in the rain?  Not me.  The lady from Tanglewood ended up coming to their school for her presentation and they ate lunch in their classroom.  I don’t think Lindy was too upset about missing it.  Will did get to go to Tanglewood so he was most happy.   He would have been pretty upset if his got cancelled.  It sounded like a good bit of walking and Lindy would have been miserable!  

Friday night I actually got home at a decent hour, considering it was the night before the walk.  My mom came over and spent the night and got up really early with me to head to the walk. 

The walk turned out good.  The day was beautiful – we could not have asked for better weather.   Drew, the kids, Jamie, Ed and Molly, Grandbob and Suzette all came and walked for the Million Dollar Babies team.  Our team raised over $7000 – wahoo!  Another very successful year of fundraising for stronger, healthier babies!!!

Sunday we went to church and then the kids and I went to see Mary Poppins.  Drew and I had been a couple weeks before and loved it.  Lindy’s SEE camp was going and Lindy and I could go free and just buy a ticket for Will.  I thought they would enjoy the music so I signed us up to go.  We got to go an hour early and go on stage and the visually impaired kids could feel and see one of the sets up close and personal.  We had seats on the second row so I think Lindy could see some of it.  Will loved it.  Lindy fell asleep for a little while but she still liked the music.  We have been singing the songs for over a week.  It was so great.  Afterwards in the lobby we got to see a bunch of characters which was fun.

Mom and Suzette starting the walk!DSC_3474
The boys – and Lindy starting the walk!DSC_3479DSC_3615DSC_3739
We were the second top family team this year!  DSC_3763IMG_6901
Our team!  Family and friends from church.IMG_6949
Martha doing some zumba!
Our March of Dimes kids!
Our March of Dimes angel!IMG_6985
A couple of goofballs!
The most fun this year was the photo booth!  I had a blast in it!IMG_7009
On stage at Mary Poppins. 
The SEE camp kids (and Will!)DSC_3783
Meeting some cast members after the show.DSC_3784DSC_3785
Talking to Mary and BertDSC_3788
Mary Poppins and Bert!  They were SOOOO good!DSC_3789
We saw some pretty flowers and stopped for a picture!DSC_3792

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Spring Break and Easter

The kids had spring break all last week and we hardly saw them.  Seriously – I saw them for a few minutes from Monday evening to Saturday afternoon.  They did the grandparent tour.  It was fun for them but helpful for us.

Monday night Drew and the kids picked me up from work and we met my parents in Mocksville for dinner and the trade off.  They had fun at Nana and Papa’s painting, riding big wheels, doing side walk chalk, playing with Sadie, and doing a craft project with foam.  Wednesday was a little dicey for my mom as my dad woke up with the stomach bug so she had to keep the kids and the dog away from Dad.   She met up with Bob at lunchtime and Bob drove the kids over to meet Drew at our house.

Drew and Bob took the kids camping Wednesday night up at Hanging Rock.  They had been talking of going this spring but we had no free weekends so that worked out well.  It got a bit chilly but the kids had plenty of layers and Drew said they slept like a rock.  The same cannot be said for the 70 year old man who was not prepared and ended up sleeping in our car.  We won’t name names.   They did some hiking Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.  They ate lunch in Walnut Cove and headed home.  Bob headed back home, with my kids, but stopped by my office so I could see them for just a few minutes.  They were on their iPads and could have cared less about seeing me!  Bob headed down the road with the kids.  They got to see Suzette for a bit before Lynn picked them up from Bob’s house.  The kids spent Thursday and Friday nights with Mimo.  They had fun Friday doing Easter things, going to the park, to the bookstore Mimo volunteers at, to get frozen yogurt, and dyeing Easter eggs.  Aunt Anna got there Friday night and we met them in Salisbury at 11am on Saturday to get our kids back.  We had lunch at Cracker Barrel and finally headed home with the kids.  We were home just a few minutes before I headed out to puppy classes with the dog.  The kids were glad to be home.  They had fun but I think they were tired from being on the go the whole week. 

I stole an idea from my sister and made up a scavenger hunt for the kids.  It involved finding clues, in eggs, so it was kind of Easter themed.  They found a small stash of candy at the end.  They worked together – kind of – I had to keep reminding them and they seemed to really enjoy it!   A couple clues stumped them and they had to really think and look around!

Lindy came home really congested and full of snot and drainage.  I’m sure spending so much time outside during the week had her allergies in overdrive.   She was a pitiful mess last night.  They got a good scrub down in the bath and headed to bed for what we were hoping would be a good night’s sleep.  Will got that but no one else in the house did.  Lindy hacked and hacked for a good portion of the night.  Drew and I switched sleeping with her in our room and it was a bit of a long night.

Today we woke up to the Easter bunny leaving eggs and gifts.  Lindy was not feeling great but I made her get up and go to church.  She chose not to sing with the children’s choir because she was afraid of coughing and she didn’t want to stay in children’s church because she didn’t feel great.  She could have stayed with me but she was coughing a lot so I took her out and we sat in Drew’s office.  Lynn, Anna, and my mom all came to church this morning.  Ed and Jamie came over and joined us for a traditional filet mignon lunch.  Yes, we had steak for Easter lunch.  We just weren’t feeling the ham or turkey lunch and I think we all enjoyed something different.  We enjoyed an afternoon with our family before they all headed out. 

Tomorrow starts an insanely busy week for me and the kids have to go back to school.  No one is too happy tonight!

Camping with GrandBob DSC_3237DSC_3241DSC_3245DSC_3247DSC_3253DSC_3265DSC_3270DSC_3272
Dying Easter Eggs with Mimo
Starting my scavenger hunt Saturday afternoonDSC_3273DSC_3276DSC_3281DSC_3283DSC_3303
Easter morning pre-huntDSC_3304DSC_3311DSC_3316
Easter basketsDSC_3331DSC_3334DSC_3347DSC_3363
Our Easter Finest